FAQ’s

Find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

Don't colleges/universities provide teachers with this knowledge during their preparation programs?

Not necessarily. Much of the science of reading comes from disciplines outside of schools of education (e.g., neuroscience, linguistics, cognitive psychology, etc.) Therefore, professors who teach in schools of education are often unfamiliar with the scientific evidence base.

Don't school districts provide teachers with this knowledge once they are hired?

Not necessarily. School district administrators and teachers who plan professional development experiences are often not aware of the scientific evidence base on how students learn to read. Schools tend to implement popular, heavily advertised approaches and materials that they assume are grounded in the evidence base. Sadly, the profit-driven commercial entities that dominate the educational marketplace are often not aligned with the science of how students best learn to read.

Is The Reading League just about teaching phonics?

Not at all. We tend to do a lot of work around phonics and phonemic proficiency, because the research on teacher knowledge indicates that these are the areas in which educators have the most significant gaps. However, The Reading League also addresses vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, early speech and language development, response to intervention, assessment, text types, writing, and other related topics. Check out our YouTube Channel for a sampling of our past Live Events and professional development videos.

Is The Reading League just about teaching phonics?

Not at all. We tend to do a lot of work around phonics and phonemic proficiency, because the research on teacher knowledge indicates that these are the areas in which educators have the most significant gaps. However, The Reading League also addresses vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, early speech and language development, response to intervention, assessment, text types, writing, and other related topics. Check out our YouTube Channel for a sampling of our past Live Events and professional development videos.

How does The Reading League fund its work?

Much of The Reading League’s work is done by dedicated volunteers. However, we do incur operating costs (e.g., video recording, photocopying, conference expenses, insurance) and personnel costs (e.g., tech support, school-based reading coaches). The Reading League relies on donations, grants, corporate sponsors, Live Event raffles, and merchandise sales to continue providing our services at low or no cost to educators. Please consider supporting The Reading League through a personal donation or any of the other avenues above. Because The Reading League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donation is tax deductible.

Is The Reading League only for educators who work with students who struggle with learning to read?

Absolutely not. The Reading League is for all educators. General education classroom teachers are critically important to the literacy achievement of all children. When general education teachers provide “core,” or “Tier 1,” instruction that is grounded in the scientific research evidence base, fewer children experience difficulty and need extra help. Of course, The Reading League is also for teachers who provide intervention instruction and special education, as some students will need more than the core. The good news is that all students benefit from evidence-based instruction. We find that all types of educators at all grade levels – including speech and language pathologists/therapists, school psychologists, administrators, librarians, middle and high school content teachers, special area teachers, and more – attend our events and find them useful.

I am a NY State teacher who needs CTLE hours for certification purposes. Will my attendance at The Reading League Live Events or Annual Conference count toward this requirement?

Yes. The Reading League is a NYSED approved CTLE sponsor, and you will be provided with a certificate of attendance at the end of our Live Events and Annual Conference.

Are there different ticket options for the Live Event?

Yes, there are two different ticket options for all TRL Live Events. You can attend in-person for $10.00 or Stream the presentation for $10.00 via Uscreen. 

What is included with the in-person ticket?

By attending the event in-person, you will receive five raffle tickets, hard copies of all documents, access to our sponsors, snacks and the ability to network with your peers.

Will I get credit for streaming the presentation?

By attending the event in-person you will receive NYS CTLE credit.

Due to restrictions and regulations of the New York State Education CTLE program, The Reading League cannot directly offer CTLE credits for live stream viewers. 

School districts and other organizations may choose to accept The Reading League’s Live Event  live stream viewing as CTLE credit under their policies. These entities are responsible for following all NYS Department of Education rules and regulations including, but not limited to, attendee documentation.

Where do I park for the Live Event?

Please park in Performance Park on the corner of Marcellus Street and Wyoming Street.

What time does the Live Event start?

The Live event starts at 5pm sharp.  Doors open to those attending in person at 4:15PM.

If I can no longer make it, can I receive a refund?

No, refunds will not be issued for Live Event tickets.  You may send someone in your place in the event you can no longer attend.  You will either need to go back into your Cvent registration to modify attendee information or submit your replacement to Events@thereadingleague.org

Are substitutions allowed in the event I cannot make it to the event?

Yes, you may send someone in your place in the event you can no longer attend.  You will either need to go back into your Cvent registration to modify attendee information or submit your replacement to Events@thereadingleague.org

What is the difference between live stream and video access?

The live stream of our Live Event is from 5 – 7:30 PM EST on event day.  The video recording is released within 15 minutes of the completion of the event.  This recording is available to paid customers with no time restrictions for viewing.

How do I access the video when I am ready to watch?

Log into your account at: https://thereadingleague.uscreen.io  Be sure to use the same email address you used when you purchased the video.  This may be your personal account or your work account depending on how you registered.

Do I use the same password to register for each event?

Yes.  For your convenience, we recommend you use the same email and password every time you purchase from our site.  This will ensure all of your purchases are correctly linked to one account.

Does “live stream” mean I have to watch it at the start time of the event only?

No, by purchasing a virtual ticket you can access the stream in real time or watch at your convenience after the event.  The video recording is posted 30 minutes after the event concludes. Purchasers have access indefinitely to the video.

How do I download handouts?

Handouts, slides, event bulletins and other resources distributed at the event can be found under the “Resources” tab located directly under the video.  All files are PDF format and are protected under copyright laws. Unauthorized distribution of these materials is a violation of copyright law.

Can I have a certificate of participation for streaming the presentation?

Yes, you can submit a request for a certificate of participation to Events@thereadingleague.org

How do I change the address to which my journal is delivered?

To change your delivery address, call the journal subscription service’s customer helpline at 844-967-0615 or email readingleague@emailpsa.com.

I have not received my copy of the latest TRL Journal. What should I do?

Call the journal subscription service’s customer helpline at 844-967-0615 or email at readingleague@emailpsa.com. 

How do I access the “Subscribing Individual Members Only” webinars available as a benefit to Individual Membership holders?

In addition to receiving The Reading League Journal, one of the benefits to an Individual Membership is access to two “Subscribing Members Only” webinars.  To access these, you will be provided a link and a coupon code via email once the webinar is announced.

I did not receive a password when I signed up to be a member. How do I access Live Events and webinars?

Membership and Live Event Livestreaming are two different TRL programs.  When you became a paid subscribing member, you did not create an account/password.

All Live Events (five per year) are live streamed for a fee of $10/each. They are not an exclusive benefit for Individual Membership. An account and password will need to be created on our uScreen platform to purchase and access Live Events.  You can do so here: Http://thereadingleague.uscreen.io

Can I make copies of TRL Journal articles for distribution to other educators/parents/friends?

Permission to copy and distribute articles can only be granted under very restricted circumstances. The Reading League Journal (TRLJ) is a central funding source for The Reading League, and as a result, it is important for us not to compromise that by allowing copies of the Journal to be made. This is one reason we only have a print version rather than an electronic version. The ease with which electronic versions could be shared would compromise the funding source of our non-profit organization.

The policy of fair use indicates that you should feel free to loan your physical copy to other professionals. The hope is that others will benefit from reading it and will commit to subscribing. Simply copying and distributing TRLJ in whole or in part violates copyright and diminishes an important funding source of The Reading League. 

To share with others who are educators and scholars, we offer an institutional rate that allows for multiple copies sent to the same location at a discounted price (6 copies for the cost of 4).

However, if you want to share a very small segment of the journal (e.g., one article), please email comments@thereadingleague.org to indicate how many copies would be distributed, and what protections you will have in place to assure it does not get shared further (e.g., collecting the copies after discussion).

Are there different rates for the TRL 2020 conference?

The early bird rate (available through July 1, 2020) is $499.00.
The regular rate is $599.00

What is included in my registration?

By purchasing a conference registration, you get full access to all breakout sessions, keynotes and meals at the conference. 

Will I get CEU’s at the conference?

Yes, by attending the full two-day conference, you will receive 10.5 credit hours. The certificate is located in the conference program or you can find it as a downloadable PDF on our conference mobile app.

Are there exhibitors and what are the exhibition hours?

There will be exhibitors at the 2020 TRL conference and they will be open for the duration of the conference. 

How can my company become an exhibitor?

If your company would like to sponsor our conference, please contact Toni Walsh at Toni@thereadingleague.org.  There are multiple opportunities for sponsorships.  

I only want to come to the conference for one day (one session, half a day, etc.). Is there a discounted rate?

Unfortunately, we do not offer discounted rates for attendees who can only attend part of the conference.  We encourage all registrants to attend the entire two-day conference so that they can maximize their learning experience.

What are my payment options?

Credit card (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, Amex), check, or purchase order (PO). 

Purchase Orders

If you will be using a purchase order for the conference registration, you have a 45-day period to submit your purchase order and pay the invoice. If you do not provide a purchase order in that time frame, your registration will be cancelled.

Who should I make my check/purchase order payable to?

Please make all checks and purchase orders payable to The Reading League. Please be sure to add “2020 Conference” in the memo line.

How can I confirm my registration status?

When you have successfully completed the registration process online, you will receive a confirmation email with your confirmation number, the refund policy and the cancellation policy.  If you do not receive this email within 30 minutes of completing the registration process, please check your SPAM folder. If the email is not there, please contact us at events@thereadingleague.org.

I just completed my registration, but there is an error in the information I entered. What can I do?

You can edit your information by going back onto the Cvent page where you registered.  There is an “Already registered” button at the bottom right hand side of the page- once you click on that button a new page will appear. 

You will need the email address with which you registered, as well as your confirmation number.  Once you have entered both, you may proceed to editing your information.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Cancellations before or on September 30, 2020 will receive a full refund. Cancellations on or after October 1, 2020 will not receive a refund. No refunds will be issued for no shows.

How do I cancel my registration?

To cancel your registration, you must either log back into your Cvent registration page to cancel or submit your request in writing to events@thereadingleague.org.

What is the substitution policy?

If you are no longer able to attend the conference, substitutions may be made in lieu of cancellation. Please log back onto your Cvent registration page to modify your existing registration with the substitute’s information. Or, email events@thereadingleague.org with a request to substitute and we will reply with a request for specific information.

Will I receive the presentations from the sessions?

Yes, all session material that is provided by the speaker will be on the conference mobile app. Hard copies will not be provided.

What is The Reading League’s instructional program? Do you recommend a particular program or strategy?

The Reading League does not have an instructional program. We believe that educators, not programs, teach students. That being said, some published instructional programs are more informed by the existing research evidence than others. When teachers build their knowledge of the evidence base, they are better positioned to make informed choices when selecting instructional programs, materials, and approaches.

Does The Reading League provide direct service to children?

No. The Reading League does not work directly with children. Our mission involves elevating the knowledge and skills of educators so that their instructional time with students is more impactful. We believe that we can make the most impact by helping educators maximize the instructional time they have, rather than adding instructional time to children’s already busy lives.

Does The Reading League provide direct service to adults who want to become better readers?

Not yet. At this time, we do not have the capacity to do this important job, but we hope to get there someday. Sadly, far too many adults did not have their literacy instructional needs met when they were in school. Evidence-based instruction can help these individuals. It is never too late to learn to read.

Where should I park when I come to your office?

Parking for TRL Headquarters is located at Performance Park located on the corner Marcellus and Wyoming Streets in Syracuse, NY.

How do I become a Reading League volunteer?

If you would like to become a TRL volunteer to help with the Live events, Special events or the conference, please email Maddy Chilbert at Events@thereadingleague.org

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